About the Consensus Group

The Health Policy Consensus Group is a task force of leading health care economists and health policy analysts, including experts from leading market-based think tanks and former officials with the Congress and previous administrations.

The reforms the group proposes are intended to strengthen and rationalize the health care market. The Consensus Group believes that the competitive market is the most appropriate way to restrain costs and to give Americans more responsibility and opportunity to choose their health insurance and health care arrangements.

The group considers different approaches to reform and provides education on their benefits and disadvantages to help the public and policymakers understand the balances that must be struck in any reform effort. Participants have been working together to provide policy advice since 1993. The group endorses basic principles but does not offer specific legislative proposals. The Galen Institute, a not-for-profit health and tax policy research organization, coordinates and facilitates the work of the Consensus Group.

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Participants in the Consensus Group include experts from the following organizations:

American Action Forum
American Enterprise Institute
Americans for Tax Reform
Atlas Economic Research Foundation
The Brookings Institution
Cato Institute
Center for Medicine in the Public Interest
Ethics and Public Policy Center
Galen Institute
Harvard University
The Heartland Institute
The Heritage Foundation
HSA Consulting Services
Hudson Institute
Independence Institute
Institute for Policy Innovation
Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation
Macdonald-Laurier Institute
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
National Center for Policy Analysis
Pacific Research Institute
Project HOPE
University of Minnesota
University of Pennsylvania
Urban Institute
Washington Policy Center
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania